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- Read the instructions on the label carefully and only treat the ear that requires the drops.
- Wash your hands with soap and water or hand sanitiser if water is not available.
- Remove the lid of the ear drops.
- If the bottle is cold then warm it in your hand for a few minutes.
- Check that the dropper or nozzle is clear and is not chipped or cracked.
- Tilt your head or lie on your side with the affected ear up.
- Gently pull the ear backward and upward ( or if giving to a child younger than 3 years of age, pull backward and downward) to open the ear canal.
- Place the prescribed number of drops into the ear.
- Gently press on the small skin flap over the ear to help the drops to run into the ear canal.
- Stay with your head tilted for at least 5 minutes so the drops have time to work.
- Use a clean tissue to wipe away any liquid that runs out of your ear. Don’t use cotton buds inside your ear.
- Wash your hands to remove the medication.
- You may using ear drops a little difficult at first. You will find it becomes easier with practice. You could also ask someone to do it for you.
- Complete the course or take the medicine as instructed by your doctor. Do not use medicine after the expire date on the bottle.
- If you miss a dose do not try to catch up by taking two or three missed doses at once.
- Store ear drops upright in a cool place. Keep all medicines out of the reach of children. Avoid taking medicine in front of young children – they may copy your behaviour.
- Never share your medicine, even if someone else has similar symptoms.